You are originally from Ghana are there any influences from your childhood home in your books? If yes, why do you feel it is necessary to make mention of Ghana culture? If no, why isn’t it necessary to write about it?
Well, sometimes. In my first book game Set Match, my heroine a photographer had done a photography book on Ghana. I’ll often make subtle references as to travel or food or friends of Ghanaian heritage. My plan next year is to set a couple of books there. Wheat I strive to do with my writing is to reach the widest audience possible. I wanted to write books that would appeal to as broad an audience as possible. So I write for a world audience. I do think my heritage influences the kinds of heroines I write. With their sassy strength, each of them reminds me of a friend or auntie, or cousin I have.
What makes romance romance? Is it the sweet nothings, the flowers and chocolates or is it the fight, devotion, drama and happy ending?
The journey of love regardless of sweet or combative defines romance for me just as long as there is a happy ending. Sometimes there is a fight, but love doesn’t always have to be that way. Sometimes it can be effortless. I’ve written both kinds, though admittedly, I do love a good conflict.
You also write Erotic novels under the name Q Malone. What made you decide to write erotic novels and use a pseudonym?
I think I wanted a little more freedom to go on the edgier side. Even though as Nana Malone, I run right up to that line between sensual and erotica, Q. Malone gives me a chance to go as far as I dare. My career really started to take off at the end of 2012 so with a new venture I didn’t want to dilute the brand. I didn’t want readers who expected a funny romance to be put off by something a little sexier.
In your career either further down the line or right now would you consider writing Young Adult books? If so how would you be able to lure your adult readers to your new genre?
I love young adult books. I think that time in our lives is so fraught with tension and conflict and stories to tell. When I first started writing, I originally wanted to aim for the college crowd but that didn’t really exist as a genre until now. I think since I have the tendency to write them hot, the youngest I’ll go is New Adult.
What are you currently reading or doing that is influencing your writing today?
I’m reading a lot of new adult right now and loving it. I’m also reading some RS, in particular Misty Evans. I also love JR Ward. So I’m a little all over the place. But everything influences my writing. Even watching a tense interaction between a teacher and a mom at my daughter’s preschool. But New Adult is really the biggest influence at the moment.